200+ Years of Innovation at Sun Chemical
Beginning with the inspiring legacy of Lorilleux and Samuel Morrill in the early 1800’s, Sun Chemical has delivered 200 years of color expertise, innovative technology and an ongoing commitment to quality and service for our customers. With close to 10,000 worldwide trademarks and over 3,000 granted patents in various global jurisdictions in its history, Sun Chemical takes pride in producing solutions tailor-made to meet the individual needs of customers.
Below is an interactive timeline that celebrates our long history of achievements and leadership in the industries and markets we serve. As you scroll down and learn more about our unique history, you will discover our fierce commitment to working for you through research and development that will bring customers new innovative and sustainable solutions.
Lorilleux is foundedApril 20, 1818
One of the first commercial producers of inks is founded as Lorilleux & Cie. Lorilleux & Cie is the first specialty ink company of its kind, in a time when most printers make their own inks.
The Geo. H. Morrill CompanyApril 20, 1830
Samuel Morrill begins manufacturing printing inks in the kitchen of his Andover, Massachusetts, home.
Morrill Company obtains patentApril 20, 1853
The Morrill Company obtains the first patent on their ink-making process.
The introduction of carbon blackApril 20, 1864
The Morrill Company begins producing carbon black from natural gas.
Coates Brothers & Company is foundedApril 20, 1877
Located in London, the business is capitalized at 2600 £.
Ault & Wiborg is foundedJanuary 1, 1878
Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ault & Wiborg is a fast-growing printing inks manufacturer that quickly expands its business abroad, focusing on the UK market.
Four-color process debutsApril 20, 1906
The Eagle Printing Ink Company develops four-color wet process inks.
The first litho press is inventedApril 20, 1907
Fuchs & Lang build the first rotary tinplate lithography press. G. Siegle begins manufacturing pigments in Staten Island, NY.
Rotogravure is introducedApril 20, 1910
Rotogravure, a printing process in which letters and pictures are transferred from an etched copper cylinder to a web of paper, plastic or similar material in a rotary press, is invented.
Historic mergersApril 20, 1929
A.B. Ansbacher merges with G. Siegle and the Ansbacher-Siegle Company is formed. During the same year, The Morrill Company merges with Eagle, Sigmund Ullman, Fuchs & Lang and American to form General Printing Ink (GPI). GPI becomes the first ink manufacturer with coast-to-coast operations.
Pigmented flexo InksApril 20, 1936
GPI Corp’s Sun Chemical division develops the first pigmented flexo inks.
GPI becomes Sun ChemicalApril 20, 1945
GPI changes its name and Sun Chemical is born. Printing inks remain its principal business.
Web offset lithography is bornApril 20, 1947
Web offset lithography, which works by first transferring an image photographically to ink printing plates, is pioneered
Performance Pigments division is formedApril 20, 1957
Sun Chemical acquires Ansbacher-Siegle and begins to create a new division, known today as Performance Pigments.Read more
Solvent-based flexo inks are introducedApril 20, 1958
Solvent-based flexo inks are created for use on polyethylene films.
Quinacridone is manufacturedApril 20, 1966
Sun Chemical begins to manufacture quinacridone out of its Newark, New Jersey, facility, marking the company’s entry into the high-performance pigments market.
Federal Colors Laboratories is acquiredApril 20, 1968
Sun Chemical buys Federal Color Labs in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Water-based inks are createdApril 23, 1970
The first water-based inks are introduced for use on paper and film.
Pigment manufacturing beginsApril 23, 1978
Sun Chemical begins to manufacture pigments in Muskegon, Michigan.
EB inks go commercialApril 23, 1980
Sun Chemical commercializes EB inks. In the same year, they acquire the phthalo pigment business from American Cyanamid.
Sun Chemical growsApril 23, 1987
Sun Chemical is acquired by Dainippon Ink and Chemicals (DIC). Sun Chemical also merges with Hartmann and Kohl & Madden to form one global company.
BASF is acquiredApril 23, 1991
Sun Chemical buys the BASF packaging and commercial inks business.
UV flexo inks go commercialApril 23, 1992
The first UV flexo inks are commercialized by Sun Chemical. In the same year, Sun Chemical acquires KVK in Koge, Denmark, marking the company’s first step into European pigment manufacturing.
US Ink is acquiredApril 23, 1993
Sun Chemical acquires a top producer of cold-set publication inks, United States Printing Inks.
Moscow Inks is bought outApril 23, 1994
Sun Chemical acquires Moscow Printing Inks.
Zeneca Inks is acquiredApril 23, 1996
Sun Chemical strengthens their packaging inks department in North America with the acquisition of Zeneca Specialty Inks.
Sun Chemical enters joint ventureApril 23, 1997
Sun Chemical and Eastman Kodak enter a $1 billion, 50/50 joint venture to form Kodak Polychrome Graphics.
Sun Chemical grows globallyApril 23, 1999
The company acquires Coates Lorilleux in France, SWALE Process in the UK and GB Products International Flexo Plate Division, and partners with Tintas in Latin America.
Bayer Pigments is acquiredApril 23, 2003
Sun Chemical buys Bayer’s high-performance organic pigment business.
More acquisitions and growthApril 23, 2004
Sun Chemical acquires Rycoline Products, Inc. and buys the assets of CBS Printas, the printing ink business of CBS Holding, a publicly traded company in Turkey.
Sun Branding Solutions is formedApril 23, 2006
Sun Chemical acquires Watt Gilchrist and forms Sun Branding Solutions.
Frankfurt and Dahej packaging plantApril 23, 2010
Sun Chemical opens state-of-the-art food packaging plant in Frankfurt and sheet-fed ink hub in Dahej, India.
Kankakee packaging plantApril 23, 2011
Sun Chemical opens state-of-the-art packaging plant in Kankakee, IL, and expands into high definition plate technology in Concord, CA.
PantoneLIVE ™ and Benda-LutzApril 23, 2012
Partnership with X-Rite/Pantone and Esko on PantoneLIVETM Sun Chemical acquires Benda-Lutz.
Kingfisher Colours Limited AcquiredApril 27, 2015
Sun Chemical Acquires Kingfisher Colours Limited
Gwent Electronic Materials PurchasedApril 27, 2016
Sun Chemical and the DIC Corporation Acquire Gwent Electronic Materials Ltd.
Sun Chemical GrowsApril 27, 2017
Sun Chemical Acquires Transitions Digital Graphics, LLC
Sun Chemical Acquires Joules Angstrom U.V. Printing Inks Corp.
Sun Chemical Acquires RJA Dispersions Business
Sun Chemical Acquires C.T.LAY to Expand Portfolio for Plastic and Security CardsJanuary 22, 2018
Sun Chemical and its parent company, DIC Corporation, have acquired C.T.LAY S.R.L.
Sun Chemical and DIC Corporation Acquire Luminescence Holdings Ltd.February 6, 2018
Sun Chemical and its parent company, DIC Corporation, have acquired Luminescence Holdings Ltd., a manufacturer of currency, tax stamp, passports, ID cards, secure documents and brand protection inks for the security market.
Sun Chemical Acquires PPG’s Metal Deco Ink BusinessMarch 8, 2018
Sun Chemical has acquired the Metal Deco ink business of PPG, a US-based global supplier of paints, coatings and specialty materials. PPG, with a well consolidated portfolio, and Sun Chemical are both long standing players in the metal packaging industry.
Sun Chemical Acquires High-Purity Oxides Business of Cathay IndustriesJuly 2, 2018
Sun Chemical and its parent company, DIC Corporation, have acquired the high-purity iron oxides business of Cathay Industries, located in Valparaiso, Indiana, U.S.A.
Sun Chemical Names Myron Petruch President and Chief Executive OfficerJanuary 1, 2019
Sun Chemical has appointed Myron Petruch as its President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2019.
Sun Chemical signs distributor agreement with Icaro International.June 11, 2020
Agreement expands reach for electronic materials across Mexico.
Sun Chemical and DIC acquire digital inks business from Sensient Technologies CorporationDecember 11, 2020
Acquisition strengthens the company’s digital inkjet ink capabilities.
Sun Chemical and DIC acquire Seller Ink Industria e Comércio de Tintas e Vernizes Ltda.December 11, 2020
Acquisition expands Sun Chemical’s Latin American presence in both security ink and metal decorating markets.
Sun Chemical and DIC Corporation Finalizes Acquisition means significant expansion of global pigments expertise & innovation capabilities.
As Sun Chemical moves forward, we will continue our commitment to delivering quality, service and innovation to our customers. As we relentlessly seek the most inventive ways to satisfy our customers’ needs, we will strive to provide outstanding service and breakthrough, tailored solutions. With more than 176 subsidiaries worldwide and a broad breadth and depth of resources from which to draw, Sun Chemical is prepared to help our customers take on the global challenges of tomorrow.